Aviyal is an independent Tamil anthology film written and directed by six directors such as Alphonse Putharen, Shameer Sultan, Mohit Mehra, Lokesh Kanagaraj and Guru Smaran. Actors including Nivin Pauly, Bobby Simha and Arjunan Nandakumar have featured in the short films included in the anthology. Produced by Karthik Subbaraj’s Stone Bench Creations, it is the second venture after Bench Talkies – The First Bench.
Following the encouraging response to Bench Talkies – The First Bench (2015), Karthik Subbaraj announced plans of releasing a second anthology of short films soon after the initial project had released. In November 2015, a second production titled Aviyal was revealed to be in the editing stages, though the release of the film was delayed as a result of the 2015 South Indian floods. Subsequently in January 2016, it was revealed that the anthology of films would include Alphonse Putharen’s Eli starring Nivin Pauly, while other actors including Bobby Simha, Arjunan Nandakumar and Amrutha Srinivasan would appear in the film. The first look of the film was released by the team of Karthik Subbaraj’s Iraivi in late January, while a theatrical trailer was unveiled in early February.